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National Library of Scotland

26 September 2021 (09:30-17:00)


The National Library of Scotland is Scotland’s largest library and is one of the UK’s only Legal Deposit Libraries. It invites you to take this opportunity to learn more about the collections and the history of its impressive building on George IV Bridge. See behind the scenes (Covid-19 permitting), including a visit to ‘The Void’, a rarely seen area beneath George IV Bridge. Along with its main exhibition, ‘Petticoats and Pinnacles’ (which celebrates the lives of pioneering Scottish women climbers), there will also be digital workshops with the Library’s Maps team, and much more online.

Our in-person George IV Bridge building tours will be available at specific times via advanced booking only and at limited capacity.

Book your ticket here.

Digital Resources

Causeywayside Building

Learn about our Causewayside building with this video tour and talk by Laragh Quinney.

Go on a virtual guided tour!

Conservation Studio

Our conservators assess, identify, stabilise, repair, rehouse and occasionally rebind a whole range of contemporary and historic collections.

Go on a virtual guided tour!

The Void

Beneath the National Library Scotland of building at George IV Bridge — and beneath George IV Bridge itself — is an area known as 'the void'.

Go on a virtual guided tour!

Key Information

Architect: Reginald Fairlie

Building Date: 1934-55



  • George IV Bridge
  • Edinburgh
  • EH1 1EW